Herb of the Week for Herb of the Week for 1st August
A Rose in a Storm
It is unusual for us here in the Manawatu to get hit with extremely bad
weather and last weekend I think we got off fairly lightly.
The herb farm has hundreds of trees and we did lose three eucalyptus trees.
They were growing in a very wet area and had only a shallow root system which was not enough to root them tightly in the ground. They were very tall and now they have given themselves up for firewood. That's a true recycling spirit! I hate to see them come down but at least they will be put to good use.
On my check around the garden I came across a rose bush which is planted
in Jasmine's Garden-the resting place of our beloved Labrador.
It is an unknown variety that was planted in the little hummock behind her kennel.
One expects most roses to have obeyed their "dormant in winter" instincts but not this little beauty.
It looks like a pink tinged Iceberg rose and it is in full bloom with buds still coming.
Maybe there is some Jasmine magic at work here.
This rose has a delightful fragrance and it was certainly a lift to my senses when I was on my "after the storm" garden inspection.
Roses delight every part of our senses and I rather like a French proverb that I came across the other day.
"It is the believing in roses that brings them to bloom."
Roses have many herbal uses and we put these to work in our rose based
Rosewater and rose oil are softly hydrating and the Oriental use of rose oil is for heat and inflammation because it is cooling in nature. It helps to restore yin energy.
Rose ingredients in skincare soothe and tone the skin and the fragrance nurtures the emotions of those who wear it.
Now is the time to decide if you have room for another rose or two or more in your garden and find a suitable ones at your local garden centre.
And then we have the ones like the one in the picture which fits beautifully
into the garden and yet we have no idea of its name.
If any readers can help I would love to hear from them.